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Documents opening Read-only when opened from Links list

  Asked By: Brandon    Date: Oct 16    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 12129

I have a standard links list that contains links to specific documents
in my document library. When I open the documents from the links they
open in Read-only format. If I actually navigate to the document
library and open from there a pop-up window appears and gives me the
choice to open in Edit or Read-only. This happens for all my users.
Versioning is turned off and the check in is turned off as well.

Any ideas on why the document is opening in read-only on the links list
and how to fix this?



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Kylie Gill     Answered On: Oct 16

I don't know how to specify that the link open  the document  in Edit
mode, but since you are getting the Edit/ReadOnly panel when opening  it
directly you must be using Word 2007. In Office 2007 there will be a
Checkout menu entry on the Server menu under the Office Button. There
should also be an edit  Document button on the Document Properties panel.
Using either of these will inform the server that the document is now
being edited. So although it will open ReadOnly by default, it can
still be easily edited.

Answer #2    Answered By: Brianna Olson     Answered On: Oct 16

Yes, you are correct...we have the new and 'improved' 2007.

I originally did not have the Check Out process required on my
document library  so I wasn't seeing the Check Out on the Server menu.

So I looked for an Edit document  option in the Document Properties
(Document Information Panel) but didn't see one. I haven't been
using the 2007 version of Excel very long so I can't always find
everything. Did I look in the right place? I would rather us not
have to require the Check Out process if there is another way to do

Answer #3    Answered By: Allyson Burgess     Answered On: Oct 16

I just checked on my copy and I see both the check  Out menu entry and
the Edit document  button whether the Require Check Out is turned  on or
not. Interestingly they don't show up if I open  the document the way
you are doing it by using a link. I'm going to need to do some more
research and see if I can find you a solution.

Answer #4    Answered By: Anila Bhuva     Answered On: Oct 16

Yeah, I even tried adding the link to the navigation bar and still
got the same results. I also discovered that when I open  the
document from the document  library and check  to open it in Read-only
I get the Check out menu then. One of my guys is using Office 2003
and he also has the same problem.

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